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7.1/10 Average Rating
231 Ratings with 208 User Reviews

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"I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. My doctor prescribed Cymbalta. It cured my anxiety, but came at a price... it's an expensive medicine, and I hope that mediation and relaxation will help me get off of Cymbalta one day :) Short term, it has been extremely effective in my recovery of anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

   
9.0

Edwin3993 December 16, 2012

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"I am a RN who suffers from severe social anxiety and moderate depression. Symptoms associated with SAD have included inability to write in front of others, eat in public, public speaking. Even drinking in front of others was difficult for me. I hated the shaking, heart racing/pounding, and everything else that went along with this horrible affliction! I remember it all starting around 15 years old but never could understand why. I'm 41 yrs old today and my anxieties have affected my life negatively and held me back in so many ways. I never felt normal. Many years and meds later, I came to believe my life would never change. That I would never feel "normal" around people. Then I found Cymbalta..changed my life!"

   
9.0

Anonymous October 5, 2012

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"I have been taking this medication for a little over 6 years and was started off on the 60mg dosage. In the beginning it worked great. I'm now on 90mg sometimes 160mg of Cymbalta, and I feel anxious all the time and also extreme fatigue. "

   
4.0

Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 6, 2012

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"I've been on Cymbalta for 2 days and it is great. My daily high anxiety is completely diminished. I can make decisions without anxiety. I am having trouble with sleepiness however, I know this will subside. I got back on antidepressants because I've had a tough time dealing with moms death in May and currently going through divorce."

   
10

bolderdash (taken for less than 1 month) August 21, 2012

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"I went from being extremely angry and so anxious I couldn't leave the house, to now being able to go out in public, socialize with others, and live life. I feel much happier, have more energy, and am MUCH more pleasant to be around."

   
8.0

Anonymous August 6, 2012

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"Cymbalta did nothing to lessen my anxiety."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 16, 2012

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"I took Cymbalta for 4 days for anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression. I read many reviews and wondered whether I should stick with it despite the side effects, but in the end I just couldn't. I've been on Lexapro and Effexor before and I was expecting the same type of side effects: dry mouth, nausea, headaches. But this was a lot worse. I was sleeping ok before, and started having insomnia from Cymbalta. My heart was also racing, which for a panic attack sufferer, is the worst thing that can happen. I almost stopped eating, no appetite at all. I also started feeling really low, super anxious and depressed, and could only go through the day with the use of alprazolam. In the end I spoke to my doctor and I will now start on Pristiq"

   
3.0

catotamartins (taken for less than 1 month) May 16, 2012

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"I love this medicine! My anxiety started off as mild and as years past slowly got worse. I went from having social anxiety to generalized anxiety and then major depression. It took me 7 years to find this medicine but once I found it I gained my life back. Still have a little anxiety but most is gone. This medicine was great for my major depression. Yes it does have some side effects but most will disappear with time and like most other users will vouch, the benefits far outweigh the side mild side effects. "

   
9.0

Stefan From Australia April 5, 2012

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"I've been taking Cymbalta for 2-3 months. I had been taking 30 mg. a day, but my doctor told me I could try 60 mg. a day, i.e. 30 mg. twice a day, and since I've been taking 60 mg., which is about a month ago, something weird has happened: I feel ecstatic all the time, and as though I've returned to my "true" self, i.e. ways I used to be, and liked, decades ago, but have been out of touch with for a long time. I'm much more productive and creative, and don't feel overwhelmed the way I used to."

   
9.0

Murgatroyd March 1, 2012

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"Worked great on the anxiety. Was TERRIBLE for weight gain. I gained 30 lbs in 3 months and this was the only change to my routine. I was not eating more or differently. I was doing more because my arthritis hurt less. So, as far as I am concerned it was the Cymbalta. So if feeling calmer and more able to handle stressful events is worth the extra weight, then this is a good pill. For me, the extra 30 lbs was not OK, and it is a new experience for me. I have never had a weight gain problem before."

   
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Max2012 February 4, 2012

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"Helped for several years but effect stopped recently and I had to switch"

   
9.0

Anonymous January 11, 2012

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"This is my second week. I'm extremely tired, moody and emotional and constipated. My doctor took me off of Celexa. I'm not sure if I want to continue taking this since it seems as though I'm worse. I've experienced more anxiety and I'm a mess now. "

   
4.0

Anonymous December 24, 2011

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"4 weeks on Cymbalta at 60mg. I came off because they made me feel ill, and I am used to medication as I have tried a few. I spent 3 years on a high dose of Citalopram and never went through anything like I have done with coming off Cymbalta. My GP decided to slowly taper me off and this is when hell started. Never on any medication that I have taken have the withdrawals been as bad. I have constant nausea, have been sick, stomach aches and pains, diarrhea, dizziness, leg ache, restless sleep, bad dreams, chills, and now my anxiety is back! I am crying on/off and having panic attacks. It's just awful. "

   
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EmmaC7 December 8, 2011

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"I can't sleep, I am talking to fast and my heart feels like its going to fly out of my chest at anytime. They were trying to slow it down and all they did was speed it up."

   
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Anonymous October 12, 2011

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"When I started taking Cymbalta it took only a few days for it to kick in. It worked great for my anxiety and depression, but did nothing for arthritis pain. The only side effect I had was extremely difficult urination. I had to discontinue the medication."

   
4.0

glennw3 October 6, 2011

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"I have been treated with Lexapro, Zoloft, Pristiq, Klonopin and lamictal and none were effective. I have been taking Cymbalta for about one week now, and still don't feel any different. I wake up every day feeling 100% anxious and find it extremely hard to get out of bed. It has been this severe for about two months now where I feel totally incapable of living. Doctor said to stay on Cymbalta and see if it changes anything. Feeling hopeful!"

   
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Anonymous September 13, 2011

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"Never thought I would have my life back. I can think clearer, my mind isn't racing as often, and I'm not agoraphobic. I used to have a severe phobia of driving and now I can get behind the wheel and even look forward to driving! I have tried everything, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Zoloft, and none of them have worked for me. I have lost 9 pounds and counting, because I'm not eating out of depression and anxiety and I'm able to think about myself in a healthy light. I was prescribed Klonopin for severe attacks and found after 4 weeks of Cymbalta find no need for them. I am so grateful for this medicine!"

   
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BinxStatus September 1, 2011

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"This medication did amazing things for me after being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I suffered panic attacks, inability to control my emotions, crying to bouts of anger along with other symptoms. Within 2 weeks there was a huge change. I am now laughing and joking again, I have no mood swings, no more crying, I have no anger issues now, just incredible. I did suffer side effects for the first 17 days and was very nauseous. First few days are the worst and then it eases off, some minor headaches, a small amount of fever, a little more sweating, some dizziness, but overall it was worth it. Back to a happy go lucky girl."

   
9.0

Anonymous August 29, 2011

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"I have been on Cymbalta for 6 years. It was a life saver for me as I was unable to take the SSRIs due to retinal detachment, and the older type of medicines did little for me. During the first 2 weeks of Cymbalta, nausea was the most common side effect but that only lasted for approx 3-4 weeks. This medicine gave me my life back after suffering for years from fear and anxiety. Thanks Eli Lilly."

   
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helpful12 August 16, 2011

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"This didn't agree with my body at all. After only 2 or 3 days I was convulsing, vomiting, diarrhea and was very lethargic. I was on a very low dosage. (10 mg)"

   
1.0

MsAnxious July 26, 2011

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"I was having panic attacks so bad I would have to pull off the road while driving. My husband was waiting on a double lung transplant when these attacks started. After the transplant the care giving made these attacks become worse. I couldn't breathe, I wanted to cover up under something and not come out. My doctor gave me Lexapro and one dose made me worse. He ask me to try Cymbalta and after one dose I became immediately better. I've been on Cymbalta for 4 years, and would hate to go back to the times when I had those attacks. It obviously was the medicine I needed."

   
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dupie June 7, 2011

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"I wouldn't go as far to say Cymbalta has given me my life back but I will say it improved my quality of life immensely and has kept working. I have moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder and I felt like I was living a nightmare - highly uncomfortable and muscle tension so bad I could barely breath at times, constant worry and stress. I have been off and on Lexapro for this very reason because I hated the stigma. Lexapro helped but the sexual side effects were horrible and I felt emotionless. A Nurse practitioner suggested Cymbalta. I stuck with low dose 30 mg every morning and what a difference. I can breath easier, sex is better (still not back to where it was before antidepressants) but the debilitating anxiety is mostly gone."

   
9.0

Anonymous June 1, 2011

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"I started take this at 30mg a week ago. I have been on so many different medicines none of them work but after only a couple of days I was feeling much better. I drove my car for an hour last night for the first time. 2 years ago I got electrocuted on 440 and I started getting the worse panic attacks. I could not get out of bed most days. I have been on every medicine they make for this. None of them worked but in a week on Cymbalta I feel like I'm almost my old self again. I just turned 25 and I have a 2year old son. So thank you Cymbalta. The only side effect is I can not sleep at all. Maybe an hour here or there but I have not been tired."

   
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Anonymous May 30, 2011

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"I was on Cymbalta for up to just under two weeks ago. At one point, I was on 90mg for a short period of time. Last December, I dropped it. Only because it, meaning Cymbalta, left me mostly feeling fatigued. The anxiety came back and last month, April/2011 restarted it again back on 60mg. Everything was going fairly well, then I experienced a rash on my forehead, itching. My throat felt as if it was closing up on me. Stopped it cold turkey and went through a roller coaster of mostly aggressive moods. It was an allergic/adverse reaction."

   
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Anonymous May 3, 2011

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"I am taking 60 mg of Cymbalta for anxiety and depression. Previously I had been on Lexapro (which gave me nightmares) and Paxil, which worked for a time but sent me into a relapse when I was weaned off of it. I have noticed a few side effects - the most predominant one is that it makes me very tired. I don't have much of an appetite, but when I do, I crave sweets and have put on a few pounds as a result. Very little sex drive, though it was low to begin with. Although the medication has helped to keep my anxiety at a manageable level, my general mood has been very blank - I feel very little in the way of happiness or sadness. My doctor has suggested either switching to a higher dose (120 mg) of Cymbalta, or changing to Zoloft or Paxil."

   
4.0

Anonymous April 28, 2011

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